Children's environmental health

Disease vectors

Baby under a net

Major global demographic, environmental and societal changes occurring in the last decade contribute to the re-emergence of vector-borne and other diseases, many of which have an important impact on children’s health and development. A considerable proportion of the disease burden for four key vector-borne diseases malaria, schistosomiasis, Japanese encephalitis and dengue haemorrhagic fever falls on children under five years of age.